STK2520 – Problems and methods in Actuarial science

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Course content

The overall aim is to give an introduction to liabilities in both property and life insurance and their connection to the financial side. Some of the most central models and parameters are presented along with stochastic simulation as a tool for computations. The level is elementary. Much emphasis is placed on the inner connection of tools and ideas of the entire actuarial field and also on the uncertainty inherent in such analyses. You will start to understand the numbers actuaries are dealing with in practice. All examples have an aura of real life in them.

Learning outcome

How liabilities in general insurance and life insurance are modelled and evaluated and why life insurance is so different and more predictable and despite this with special techniques you are also introduced to. You are also taught how computations are implemented in computers (small detours into financial risk here), and you start to understand the numbers that are the central outcome of actuarial analyses.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2

And in addition one of these:

  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).

Recommended previous knowledge

Recommended prior knowledge is covered by MAT1100 – Calculus, MAT-INF1100 – Modelling and Computations, INF1100 – Introduction to programming with scientific applications (continued), MAT1110 – Calculus and Linear Algebra, STK1100 – Probability and Statistical Modelling, MAT1120 – Linear Algebra, STK1110 – Statistical Methods and Data Analysis and STK2130 – Modelling by Stochastic Processes.

Overlapping courses

For information about the potential partial overlap with other courses, contact the Department.


2 hours of lectures and 2 hours exercises each week through the semester.


One compulsory assignment need to be passed within given deadline to be allowed to take the final exam. Final mark based on written examination at the end of the semester.

Rules for compulsory assignments at the Department of Mathematics.

Examination support material

Permitted aid: Approved calculator.

Information about approved calculators (Norwegian only)

Language of examination

Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English.

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

This subject offers new examination in the beginning of the subsequent term for candidates who withdraw during an ordinary examination or fail an ordinary examination. Deferred examinations for students who due to illness or other valid reason of absence were unable to sit for their final exams will be arranged at the same time. (These valid reasons has to be documented within given deadlines.)

For general information about new and deferred examination, see
MN-facultys webpage about deferred and new examinations

More information about examination at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences can be found here

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Every autumn

The course will be given for the last time Autumn 2013 and continued as STK3505 – Problems and Methods in Actuarial Science/STK4505 – Problems and Methods in Actuarial Science from Autumn 2014.


Every autumn

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